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PRESCHOOL NEEDS DONATIONS FOR RECYCLING PROJECT: The Learning Tree Child Care Center is seeking donations of old ink and toner cartridges, laser cartridges and small electronics for its participation in a Recycle Rumble with the Funding Factory. The day care is in second place in the recycling contest, which ends April 30. Those who wish to help can donate empty ink and toner cartridges, as well as old electronics, such as laptops, cellphones and digital cameras. Items do not have to be in working order. Donations may be dropped off at the Learning Tree at 6368 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West (open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays). Pickups of large quantities can be arranged. For information, call Gloria Harris at (352) 799-9277.

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations.

The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. These classes are scheduled in May:

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 and 7, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 9 a.m. to noon May 6 and 8, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Tony Stramiello at (352) 684-6348.

• Noon to 3 p.m. May 6 and 8, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Bayfront Health Brooksville Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michelle Haenel at (352) 666-4044.

• Noon to 3 p.m., May 13 and 15, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Bayfront Health Spring Hill Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Skip De Montozon at (352) 683-6840.

ASK-A-LAWYER: The Hernando County Bar Association will host an Ask-a-Lawyer program from 9 a.m. to noon May 2 in the jury assembly room at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

This is a free question-and-answer forum where local attorneys will answer legal questions. For information, call (352) 684-6545.

CATTLEMEN HOST TRAP SHOOT: The Hernando County Cattlemen's Association will host its sixth annual trap shoot May 3 at 7150 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m., and shooting starts at 9 a.m.

The entry fee is $25, which includes two full boxes of shells. There will be a concession stand offering lunch for $6. The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, choice of sides, drinks and homemade desserts. Credit cards will be accepted.

There will also be a raffle to win a Remington 770 with scope; tickets are $10 each. There will be another raffle to win a 32-inch flat-screen television; tickets are $5 each.

For information, call Dan Wolthuis at (352) 796-9579.

NATURE FESTIVAL: A festival to celebrate Earth Day and Wetlands Month is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Brooksville Plant Materials Center, 14119 Broad St., north of Brooksville.

The event will include various activities, demonstrations and presentations for all ages. State, local and federal agencies will be on hand with exhibits and information. Children can paint gourds, faces and harvest vegetables from a garden. All visitors will receive a free wildflower to plant.

The festival is free. For information, contact Janet Grabowski at (352) 796-9600 or

SPONSORS WANTED FOR DAWN CENTER FUNDRAISER: A "Power of Purple Breakfast" benefit for the Dawn Center of Hernando County will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. May 8 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The breakfast will be a "giving" event. Table sponsors invite friends to attend the free breakfast, where they can learn about the Dawn Center, its programs and domestic and sexual violence in the community. Guests will be asked to make a financial contribution to the Dawn Center. Event sponsorships are $250 and include: recognition on the event program and in the Dawn Center's monthly electronic newsletter. A half-table sponsorship is $500, which includes: a table for four guests (to be shared with another half-table supporter), along with recognition on the program, event signs and electronic newsletter. A full-table sponsorship is $1,000, which includes: a table for eight guests, recognition on the event program, event signs, social media and electronic newsletter. The Dawn Center works closely with adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence, and provides shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups and information and referrals. For information or to become a sponsor, email to or call (352) 684-7191.

SENIOR PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking Hernando County residents 55 and older to become volunteers.Volunteers are needed in various capacities: tutoring elementary and high school students; teaching life skills to young parents; tutoring adult education students; delivering meals to the homebound; providing transportation for the blind and visually impaired; preparing tax returns; working in the thrift store; participating in environmental stewardship programs; and sorting and distributing food for the needy. For information, call (352) 796-8117.

Hernando County news and notes 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 3:26pm]
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